Wireless is expected to account for an increasing share of the $9.6 billion global earphone and headphone market and that means intense competition between tech companies
keen to cash in on the trend.
Integrating Amazon's voice control system Alexa and halving the price are among the steps taken by GN to attract new customers with its latest product.
"We're expanding our brand to deliver products aiming for a broader segment dominated by Apple," Rene Svendsen-Tune, chief executive
of GN's audio division, told Reuters.
GN is better known as a hearing aid maker
but draws on a Danish tradition of innovation stretching back to 1869 when it started life as a telegraph company.
In fact, its hearing aid division has benefited from working closely with Apple
for years by using bluetooth-like technology
that, installed in the ear, allows users to stream voice and music from their iPhones.
It will continue that cooperation while competing with the tech giant
on the wireless earphone market, Svendsen-Tune said.
GN's original earphones, tailored for athletes with features to track progress and measure heart rate, sold for $370, twice as much as Apple's equivalent.
has helped develop this market with great speed but now we're launching a new generation," Svendsen-Tune said, speaking ahead of the launch of the product at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
In the first half of 2017 around 900,000 wireless headphone units were sold in the U.S. alone, and since the launch in 2016, Apple
has accounted for 85 per cent of the sales, according to data from the NPD Group.
GN said it was in second place but had only a single figure market share. But the market is still evolving and competition is fierce.
"If we can maintain a second place in 2018, I believe we will have done very well," Svendsen-Tune said.
GN's audio division accounts for 40 per cent of the company's revenue, while the hearing aid division contributes 60 per cent.
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